What DID slow him down 10 minutes down the road: Muffler snapped off. Following him, it just seemed to get closer and closer to the ground till eventually it looked to be mounted on a spring. At least this one wasn't just randomly found lying in the middle of the road like another from the pack.
We were on the side of the road trying to work out how to wire it up, but seeing as we had only just left the last stop before Pokhara, it took minimal time for the support vehicle to catch up. @jermys
and I were sent on our way to catch the rest of the group before we lost them. Then I got distracted by the realisation that I was missing the rubber off my foot peg, leaving just a bolt. And by distracted, I mean only for a couple of minutes. Long enough for @jermys
to of unknowingly left me behind. It ended up being a damn good run though. It was the first time I managed to get the Fox to over 110km/h for an extended period. I slowed right down after passing a flipped truck on the side of the road (really hoping it wasnt Andy under all that). James and the support cars were not too far behind, once they pulled his exhaust off. Unfortunately, once back in town he went down one more time when someone braked hard on front of him (and I'm sure oil all over the back of the bike didn't help either). According to James, a cars tire almost rolled over his head :/ An apt ending to a shocking day for James.
We all arrived at the hotel for lunch. ...Still no Andy.
Luckily he was found within a few hours, riding aimlessly around Pokhara, before a search party had been mounted and sent back to Tatopani.
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